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EPA Asked Let U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Clean Up Radioactive Waste

The Pattonville School Superintendent joins the Missouri Delegation in making that request
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BRIDGETON, MO. (KMOX) - In the ongoing Bridgeton Landfill/West Lake Landfill controversy, a local school district is asking the EPA to step aside.

First it was the Missouri Congressional Delegation calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to claim jurisdiction of the nuclear waste landfill, next to the burning Bridgeton Landfill.

Now, the Pattonville School District is making the same plea.

In a letter to the EPA, Pattonville Superintendent Michael Fulton asked that the Army Corps of Engineers be allowed to use the same expertise it uses to clean up radioactive material at other sites.

Fulton wrote “Those who live and work in the area deserve the same level of attention.” In his letter to the EPA Region VII office in Lenexa, Kansas Superintendent Fulton wrote “We join our neighbors in asking that the West Lake Landfill be transferred from the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”

Members of Missouri’s Congressional Delegation, including Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt along with Congressmen Lacy Clay and Ann Wager sent a letter to the EPA calling for the Army Corps of Engineers to get involved in the cleanup.

The West Lake Landfill, near the Bridgeton Landfill, is known to contain World War II era nuclear waste.

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